May 16, 2012 11:45 am
There are many things a Home owner can do to increase the value and probability of sale in today's market.
1. Make Repairs: Homes require regular maintenance and repairs are a necessary component of home ownership. Procrastination gets you nowhere when it comes to home value. Stay on top of repairs as they are needed. And be sure to address large projects before placing your home on the market. For example, roofs are expensive to replace or repair. Many buyers will pass up your otherwise wonderful home when faced with roof issues.
2. Kitchen Update: Kitchens are a real selling point. Outdated cabinets, counters, and appliances will stick out like a sore thumb to buyers. Be sure, however, that you research your comparables before beginning a remodel. You don't want to price yourself out of the running. This means if while you love granite and travertine, other homes in your area are selling with laminate, you will probably not be able to ask for a drastically higher price that covers the price of the granite.
3. Roof: Replace your old ugly 3 tab light brown shingle roof!! Replace it with a nice 30 year architectural shingle roof. Did you know that in many cases your Insurance company will cover most if not all of the cost of replacing your roof depending on where you live and recent storm and hail damage in the immediate area.
4. Energy Savers: Buyers are looking for homes that are energy efficient. Low-flush toilets, solar panels, water filtrations systems, and insulated windows, blown in attic insulation, and proper ventilation are all inexpensive fixes for energy zappers.